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Welcome to Science Next Door, Fermilab's community newsletter. Once a month, we'll give you the rundown about what's happening here at the laboratory and provide information about our public events. If you would prefer not to receive this newsletter, you can click the “unsubscribe” button below. Thank you!
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Accelerating Fermilab's plans for the future

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Fermilab's Main Injector accelerator, one of the most powerful particle accelerators in the world, has just achieved a world record for high-energy beams for neutrino experiments.
Here at Fermilab we're in the midst of planning the largest neutrino experiment ever built in the United States. But experiments like this are only as good as the beam of particles they're studying, which is why a vital part of the laboratory's plans for the future involve our accelerator complex. Our accelerators create the particle beams that we send to northern Minnesota and, when that future neutrino experiment is built and running, to South Dakota.

Fermilab's flagship accelerator, the Main Injector, is a two-mile ring of superconducting magnets. After two years of upgrades, the Main Injector is powerful enough now that it just set a world record - Fermilab now creates the most powerful high-energy particle beam for a neutrino experiment ever generated.

But we're not stopping there. Future accelerator upgrades, including the building of a brand-new linear accelerator near Wilson Hall in the next 10 years, will position Fermilab to be the primary laboratory for accelerator-based neutrino research in the world. In addition, our scientists are working on the next generation of accelerator technology, developing and building components for machines that will be built at Fermilab and other laboratories. Fermilab's accelerator complex is the backbone of our laboratory, and it keeps getting stronger.
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Photo column spacer Newsweek Editor Elijah Wolfson: Sex Cells – Wednesday, Aug. 12, 4 p.m.
FREE
Science is precise, detailed and complicated, which makes it difficult for news media to condense into a sexy headline. Elijah Wolfson knows this well – he's Newsweek's senior editor, responsible for the magazine's science, technology and health coverage. As part of Fermilab's Colloquium series, Wolfson will present a talk at Fermilab on Wednesday, Aug. 12, about the ways scientists can work with science reporters and the ways writers can understand the broader context of their research without overstating it. This talk is free and open to the public, and it takes place in the One West conference room on the first floor of Wilson Hall.
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Photo column spacer Prairie Plant Survey – Tuesday, Aug. 4, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
FREE
We here at Fermilab are proud of our commitment to ecology and environmentalism. Our nearly 1,000 acres of restored prairie is one of the largest in Illinois, and our work to keep it diverse and beautiful has just won us (along with all the volunteers who pitch in to help) a Conservation at Work Award, presented by the Conservation Foundation. On Tuesday, Aug. 4, you have the chance to help keep Fermilab's prairie looking like the natural treasure it is. Over two hours, you will learn scientific plant monitoring techniques while enjoying an afternoon outdoors. You will need sunscreen, walking shoes, long pants, water and insect repellant. Visit our website to register.
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Photo column spacer Dance your heart out at Fermilab – Various Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays in August
Fermilab is one of the premier scientific institutions in the world. But did you know it's also a place where you can learn how to dance and have a great time doing it? For years now, four different groups have met at the laboratory to offer various types of dancing several times a week, and most of the events are free. This month, you can enjoy Scottish country dancing every Tuesday at 7:30 pm in Ramsey Auditorium, international folk dancing every Thursday at 7:30 in Ramsey Auditorium, and English country dancing on Sunday, Aug. 23 at 2 p.m. in the Kuhn Barn. The complete schedule and descriptions of the sessions are available online.
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Photo column spacer Fermilab's proposed Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment explained
Daily Herald: Why Fermilab could blast up campus, shake up Batavia neighbors
Naperville Community Television: Fermilab's new proposed experiment
Black Hills Pioneer: The dawning of DUNE
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Photo column spacer Department of Energy hosts accelerator stewardship program at Fermilab
Physics Today: DOE: Let's move accelerator technologies to commercial markets
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Photo column spacer Dark Energy Survey featured in Chicago Magazine
Chicago Magazine: These deep space snapshots could help trace the evolution of the universe
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Photo column spacer Fermilab scientist featured on Milt Rosenberg's podcast
Hark: The cosmos and dark matter, with Don Lincoln and Michael Turner
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Contact Info
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row spacer Call 630-840-3351 or email fermilab@fnal.gov with questions. Free public tours are offered every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. The Fermilab site is open for visitors every day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wilson Hall's 15th-floor viewing area and art gallery are open to the public Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and the 15th-floor area is also open on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. row spacer
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Calendar

Get to Know Lederman Science Center FREE
Sat., Aug. 1, 10:00 a.m.
Ages 10 and up

Science Adventure: Primary Physical Science
Sat., Aug. 1, 10 a.m.
Grades 1-2

Ask a Scientist: Gravitational Lensing and the Fate of Our Warped Universe FREE
Sun., Aug. 2, 1 p.m.
Grades 6 and up

Science Adventure: Club Invention-Primary Students
Mon.-Fri., Aug. 3-7, 9 a.m.
Grades 1-3

Science Adventure: Club Invention-Intermediate Students
Mon.-Fri., Aug. 3-7, 9 a.m.
Grades 4-6

Habitat Workday FREE
Mon., Aug. 3, 1 p.m.

DZero and Tevatron Tour FREE
Tue., Aug. 4, 1:30 p.m.
Ages 14 and up
THIS EVENT IS FULL

Fermilab Prairie Plant Survey FREE
Tue., Aug. 4, 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Scottish Country Dancing FREE
Tue., Aug. 4, 7:30-10 p.m.

Get to Know Fermilab Guided Tour FREE
Wed., Aug. 5, 10:30 a.m.
Ages 10 and up

International Folk Dancing FREE
Thu., Aug. 6, 7:30-10 p.m.

Science Adventure: Lego Engineering
Sat., Aug. 8, 9:30 a.m.
Grades 6-8

Science Adventure: What's the Matter?
Mon.-Tue.., Aug. 10-11, 9 a.m.
Grades 1-3

Habitat Workday FREE
Mon., Aug. 10, 1 p.m.

Scottish Country Dancing FREE
Tue., Aug. 11, 7:30-10 p.m.

Science Adventure: Dynamic Duo
Wed., Aug. 12, 9 a.m.
Grades 3-5

Get to Know Fermilab Guided Tour FREE
Wed., Aug. 12, 10:30 a.m.
Ages 10 and up

Colloquium: Sex Cells FREE
Wed., Aug. 12, 4 p.m.

Women's Initiative: Guiltless-Work/Life Balance FREE
Thu., Aug. 13, 3 p.m.

International Folk Dancing FREE
Thu., Aug. 13, 7:30-10 p.m.

Science Adventure: Making Waves with Medical Imaging
Fri., Aug. 14, 9 a.m.
Grades 4-6

Wilson Hall open, no air conditioning due to maintenance work
Sat.-Sun., Aug. 15-16

Big Woods Steward Workday FREE
Sat., Aug. 15, 9 a.m.

Fermilab Prairie Plant Survey FREE
Sat., Aug. 15, 9 a.m.

Habitat Workday FREE
Mon., Aug. 17, 1 p.m.

Third Tuesday Steward Workday FREE
Tue., Aug. 18, 12 p.m.

Scottish Country Dancing FREE
Tue., Aug. 18, 7:30-10 p.m.

Get to Know Fermilab Guided Tour FREE
Wed., Aug. 19, 10:30 a.m.
Ages 10 and up

International Folk Dancing FREE
Thu., Aug. 20, 7:30-10 p.m.

Wilson Hall closed, maintenance work
Sat., Aug. 22

English Country Dancing FREE
Sun., Aug. 23, 2-5 p.m.

Habitat Workday FREE
Wed., Aug. 24, 1 p.m.

Scottish Country Dancing FREE
Tue., Aug. 25, 7:30-10 p.m.

Get to Know Fermilab Guided Tour FREE
Wed., Aug. 26, 10:30 a.m.
Ages 10 and up

International Folk Dancing FREE
Thu., Aug. 27, 7:30-10 p.m.

Habitat Workday FREE
Mon., Aug. 31, 1 p.m.

COMING IN SEPTEMBER

Ask a Scientist: Global Climate Change FREE
Sun., Sep. 13, 1 p.m.
Grades 6 and up

Arts & Lecture Series: Visualizing the Future of Biomedicine
Fri., Sep. 18, 8 p.m.

Arts & Lecture Series: 10,000 Maniacs
Sat., Sep. 26, 8 p.m.

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